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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 22, 2012 3:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

Maybe it said something like "you are not allowed to become the official keyboard player of any band whose keyboard players are under a curse."

I guess my impression is mainly based on McNally's account, but all I can really find is "(Garcia and Lesh) invited him to join the band. But Hornsby had a booming solo career, and while happy to fill in, was reluctant to commit completely. In Dead fashion the band decided to include Bruce where and when available, but also search for a permanent new keyboard player." (584)

Then there's a mention of Bruce visiting home during spring tour '92 and his newborn twins not recognizing him. "By that time, he felt 'Vinny had really figured it out,' and that his job as a bridge from Brent to Vince was complete." (591)

McNally is generally pretty cursory, though. Great "book of record," time-and-date-wise, and perhaps inevitable for such a thick tome, but he seems to be very much skimming the surface and trying his best to be a kind of modern diplomat ... e.g., to say things, but not too much, and with a p.r. spin. (He was their p.r. guy, after all.) That last statement ("his job as a bridge") reads like spin to me.

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2012-09-22 10:19:02

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 22, 2012 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

There is also a story(Macnally's book I think) that states after one too many issues on the spring 90 tour with Brent and his "issues" Garcia was ready to give him the boot and asked Hornsby to join then. He felt uncomfortable about that and supposedly did not accept.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Sep 23, 2012 2:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

i dont take anything that McNally says to the bank... that is his version of the story and usually has very little to back it!!! he is a rumor in his own mind. his recollection is , well, HIS recollection.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2012 5:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

It's a pretty thoroughly researched book. McNally has a PhD in history from U Mass; I don't get the impression he was going just on rumors and his own recollections.

I'd take it to the bank but wouldn't gamble the house on it, if that makes sense. That's mainly cuz I think it includes so much it can't possibly get deeply into much of anything, and also cuz he gives the polite version of everything. (Or, the politest believable.) Which I might do too, and which is one legitimate perspective among a gazillion. But I always get the sense of a whole lot left unsaid there.

Maybe history just needs to be told Roshemon-style.

Anyway, since I've got the book right by me today, here goes:

"As far back as the previous Christmas [1989], when Brent had overdosed, Garcia put in a call to his friend, the pianist, singer and composer Bruce Hrosnby, thinking of him as a possible replacement." (584)

Sounds reasonable. The guy overdoses; maybe he's going to be in rehab or quitting or whatever. Or maybe Garcia just thought about making that call, and told McNally (or someone) later that he did. Or something else. Who knows.



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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 23, 2012 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

So did Jerry make any calls about replacing himself?

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Sep 22, 2012 7:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

They (GD Productions) put a watchdog on Brent during the Summer 90 tour which probably escalated his personal desire to return to the comfort of his home in Lafayette after the Tinley Park July 23rd performance only to wind up dead on the 26th.

If you watch the View From The Vault Three Rivers Stadium July 8th, 1990 DVD just before Minglewood begins, Brent leaves his keyboard and walks over to Jerry, the conversation looks something like this;

"Jer, i'm dying here can you hook me up at halftime" Garcia appears a bit agitated and replies "sorry man, can't help you".

When the second set begins, Brent looks more than comfortably medicated. Sad loss indeed!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 23, 2012 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

My god you are full of shit.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Sep 22, 2012 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many shows did Keith and Pig perform together?

interesting.... thx for that.

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